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Rider's Portmann Signs to Colorado Mines

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Rider basketball standout Max Portmann signed Thursday to play college ball at the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, Colorado!

The Orediggers play in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, or RMAC, which is in the same South Central Region as Midwestern State is for basketball, meaning there's a chance Portmann could see MSU in regular-season or postseason play!

His father, Kurt, is MSU's Associate Athletic Director for Compliance.

Kurt also played college basketball at the University of Wisconsin from 1986-90, and the younger Portmann said he leaned on his father for advice in his search.

"That's kinda what I looked up to," Max said Thursday. "He set stepping stones for me to figure out, giving me advice how to get there."

Max said CSM is looking for him to play power forward, bringing the versatility of being able to play both on the perimeter and in the post, but that he'll need to make himself even more aggressive around the basket.

Portmann also talked about the challenges he faced at Rider, enduring three tough seasons and three coaches in four years, before the team turned around in his senior year under Coach Cliff McGuire.

"It's kinda hard having three head coaches," Portmann admitted. "But you learn from it, and it just makes you a stronger person in the end."